God calls us to sing the faith over 50 times in the Scriptures. It is something our baptized hearts yearn to do, and yet is increasingly a challenge for us. Our collected voice is subdued for many reasons: the effects of technology, the shrinkage in common song, the overall decline in music education, to name a few. Fortunately, challenges provide opportunities. There are proven ways to surmount these problems, which Phillip Magness, a seasoned liturgical musician and educator, will be sharing with us. Come disconnect for a day and learn how to help a congregation find its voice, move beyond the worship wars, and nurture the Lord's song in your congregation.
This workshop is intended for pastors, organists, choir directors, and all other church musicians. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. All are invited to stay for a hymn sing from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. led by Mr. Magness.
Phillip Magness serves as the Director of Sanctuary Worship at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO. He served as the chairman of the Introduction Committee for the Lutheran Service Book. His sacred music compositions are available from Concordia Publishing House, Northwest Publishing House, JW Pepper, and Sheet Music Plus. You will also find his work in the Lutheran Service Book, having composed the tune for "If Christ Had Not Been Raised from Death," (LSB 486) and the Old Testament Canticle from the Service of Prayer and Preaching (LSB 260).
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up